(1/15/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Luke Rockhold - 93.3
2. Yoel Romero - 93.1
3. Beneil Dariush - 92.6
4. T.J. Dillashaw - 91.8
5. Cole Miller - 91.7
6. Elias Silverio - 91.5
7. Vinc Pichel - 91.2
8. Derek Brunson - 91.1
9. Ramsey Nijem - 90.9
10. Brad Tavares - 90.3
UFC Fight Night 35: Rockhold vs. Philippou
Location: Duluth, Georgia
Elevation: 702'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Yoel Romero vs. Derek Brunson
91.8
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.8
TOTAL 90.6
90.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:45
     That's what I like to see! These are the kinds of fights that are easy to review. Dariush threw some hard leg kicks, Brenneman showed some decent boxing, Dariush knocked him down with a big left hand, and then jumped on his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and eventually Brenneman was forced to submit. Great debut by Beneil Dariush.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      This was a nice, much needed win, for Vinc Pichel. He pretty much dominated all 3 rounds, I don't think Whiteley had much offense at all. The entire fight basically consisted of Pichel coming forward, throwing strikes, taking Whiteley to the ground, hitting him some more, winning the grappling exchanges, just 100% offense, and Pichel looked solid. The main problem here is, I had Whiteley ranked somewhere around #96 going into this fight, and Pichel still wasn't able to finish him, so... Does this fight really count towards anything meaningful?
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight. I gave the first round to Ozkilic, due to his takedowns, but it was a pretty close round, since both guys showed solid striking skills. From that point forward though, Smolka won the rest of the fight with his sharp striking techniques, and his ability to outwork Ozkilic. Good fight overall, I just wish I cared a little more about the 125 pound division.
87.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Well, this is another one of those fights where I'm unclear on why it's taking place in the UFC. Trevor Smith looked like he was doing a good job in the first round, with a couple of takedowns, and stuff like that, but then Houston SLAMMED him, so that was a close round, but I gave it slightly to Smith. The second round went to Houston, because he cut Smith's head with a punch, that caused it to POUR blood like crazy, all over his face. The third round was close, both guys looked tired, but in the end, Smith won that one too I think, mostly because Houston just wasn't throwing anything. But again, I have to say, why did this take place in the UFC?
89.2
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty one-sided fight. Elias Silverio won all 3 rounds, by showing superior striking skills, and being able to take Vallie-Flagg to the ground at will. The only reason that Flagg even scored a single point for a round, is that Silverio kneed him in the head while he was down on his knees, so the referee immediately took a point for the foul. It's debatable whether it even hit his head, or if it was his chest, but either way, it doesn't matter, because best case scenario for Flagg, is he still lost this fight, 29-27. Good showing by Elias Silverio.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      Well that fight was about what you'd expect from a couple of guys from The Ultimate Fighter, that you probably don't spend much time thinking about. Justin Edwards did a good job in the first round, beating up Nijem a little bit, and taking him to the ground near the end of the round, but Nijem went for a leg lock which sort of balanced out that round. The rest of the fight was basically Nijem beating up Edwards, leaving his left eye super bloody, and kicking his ass for 10 or so minutes, until the very end of the fight where Edwards went for a calf slicer, but wasn't able to complete it at all. Decent fight I guess, Nijem wins via unanimous decision.
89.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:54
      Finally! Another finish! I knew I could count on you Cole Miller! But yeah, the first round was pretty even I thought, most people gave it to Miller, I gave it to Sicilia, because his punches looked like they hurt a little more. The second round was all Miller though, as he busted up Sam's eye with a punch, knocked him to the ground, locked on a guillotine choke, transitioned into a rear-naked choke, and finished him early in the second round. Cole Miller is awesome.
88.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was ok, both guys basically had average quality performances. I gave the first round to Ortiz for securing a takedown, and controlling most of the fight. I thought Moraga picked up the pace in the second round, and won that round with his grappling. I thought Ortiz won the third round with his grappling. In the end, I don't really care who won this, I thought Ortiz deserved the win, but two of the judges gave it to Moraga, so whatever. I think most people would have given it to Ortiz though.
91.8
TKO
(Punches & Elbows)
13:23
      This fight was pretty awesome, between a couple of guys that I have really close to Top 10 positions at 185, so this was exciting for me. Especially since Romero looks unstoppable, and Brunson took the fight to him for the first two rounds. Both rounds were close, but I think Brunson did enough to win the first two rounds. As usual though, Romero finished this fight with some HUGE strikes, knocking Brunson to the ground in the third round, and then BRUTALLY beating him with punches, and THICK elbows to the body, it looked like he was going to chop his body in half with those elbows. Brutal beating, and awesome win for Romero.
90.2
Decision
15:00
      This was a really good fight. Mike Easton is a big dude (for the weight class), just muscles coming out of every angle. Dillashaw though handled him in all 3 rounds, controlling the wrestling game 100%, he landed a kick to Easton's jaw that nearly decapitated him in the second round, and by the end of the fight, Easton was looking like his face had been hit by a truck, and Dillashaw looked like a champ. Really good 3 round war.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight was ok. I've had Brad Tavares ranked pretty high for a while, mostly because of the winning streak he's currently on, so it was cool to see him win this fight via unanimous decision. Nothing really special happened in this fight, it was mostly just one of those situations where Tavares outworked Larkin, and that won him the fight. You could argue that Larkin might have won the third round, but for the most part, this fight leaned in the favor of Tavares from start to finish.
90.8
KO
(Kick to the Body)
2:31
      Man, that's rough for Costas. I really don't like Rockhold, and I was hoping Philippou would come in here and destroy him, but Rockhold picked him apart with punches, hit him with a kick to the face that cut open Philippou's right eye, which was bothering him a lot (he kept touching it) so it was a good distraction, which left Philippou's body open, so that Rockhold could land a couple of hard kicks to the midsection, which caused Philippou to collapse, giving the TKO victory to Rockhold about halfway through the first round.
OVERALL 90.6
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